Januario  Jano

Januario Jano

born in 1979 in Luanda (Angola)

"Research is the central feature of my artistic practice. I am interested in exploring ideas of home and self, reflecting on my historical upbring and the globalized cultural sphere.Seduced with the parallel between fiction and reality as my practice itself has this ambivalence to it, that creates the intersection to exploring the subjects around the body and its representation which occur within the increasingly globalized and cross-cultural dimension, that allows me to engage with sculpture, textile, performance, sound, video, photography, and installations."   Januario Jano
Januario Jano explores the opposing notions of modern pop culture and traditional practices through performance, photography and textile. The chosen media are part of a more articulate vocabulary used by the artist to create his grammar: material defines since the beginning the outcome of the work either on an aesthetical point either on the narrative. The body plays a pivotal role as the main motif and leads the way to link between the present and past to build up the historical narrative. Living among Lisbon, London and Luanda - three totally different cities, representing at a glance the past, the present and the future - has a direct effect because each place puts selected seeds: Luanda is the mother country and is functional to get what he needs to develop the narratives and to explore the physical, emotional and rational connection to it; London and Lisbon give him the speed to get things done and feeds him with different ideas and inspirations.

BA (Hons) Design Studies, London Metropolitan University, London, England.

2018 – Present
MFA Fine Art, Goldsmiths University, London, England.





Broken Bodies, Primae Noctis Art Gallery, Lugano, Switzerland

Solo exhibition, Cape Town Art Fair, Cape Town, South Africa

Dakar Art Biennial, Dakar, Senegal


Ambundulando, curated by Paula Nascimento and Suzana Sousa, Portuguese Cultural Center, Luanda, Angola.


Kwika: love or hate, curated by Sonia Ribeiro, Galerie Thorigny, Paris, France.

Fragmentation 1.0, curated by Sonia Ribeiro, Gallery of Economic Bank, Luanda, Angola.


Pop Orgy, Project seeds of memory, curated by Suzana Sousa, Milan, Italy


Private Space, Gallery Geraldes da Silva, Porto, Portugal.




Africa Universe, Primo Marella Gallery, Milan


The Black Sphinx II, Primo Marella Gallery, Milan, Italy

The Black Sphinx II. From Morocco to Madagascar, Primae Noctis Gallery, Lugano, Switzerland

Project Gallery of Small Things for Dak’art 2018, Curated by Bisi Silva, Dakar, Senegal


Llunda, curated by Suzana Sousa, Paula Nascimento, Bruno Leita?o, Hangar CIA, Lisbon, Portugal

E.U In Angola, curated by Keyezua, Portuguese Cultural Center, Luanda, Angola


Commuting: Os Das Bandas, Espelho D ?agua, Lisboa, Portugal


Unorthodox, curated by Jens Hoffman and Kelly Taxter, The Jewish Museum, New York, USA


Noise, curated by Suzana Sousa, Portuguese Cultural Center, Luanda, Angola




Dakar Art Biennial, Dakar, Senegal.

Luanda Triennial, organized by Sindika Dokolo Foundation, Luanda, Angola.

Lagos Art Biennial, Lagos, Nigeria.

St. JORGE ISLAND, curated by Paula de Nascimento and Stefano Rabolli Pansera, Luanda, Milan, Lisbon, London, Porto.

AFRICA NOW BY DESIGN INDABA, curated by, Paula de Nascimento and Stefano Rabolli Pansera, Cape Town, South Africa.

MOVING AFRICA, Project by Goethe Institute for Doual ?art, Douala?, Cameron.



Hangar CIA - 180 Artists of the South, supported by Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon, Portugal.

JAANGO - Artists in residency, supported by Dominick Tunner, Luanda, Angola.



V&A – Victoria and Albert Museum - London Economic Bank of Angola
BFA Bank Angola
Portuguese National Archive

Private Collections (Angola, France, USA, England, Portugal, Brazil, South Africa, Italy, Hong Kong)



ART LAGUNA PRICE, Business for Art, Venice, Italy.

Januario  Jano - Dance by the Window - triptych

Dance by the Window - triptych

Januario Jano - Dance by the Window - triptych
2018 - Fabriano paper, fabric mesh, tracing paper, ribbon, wool, drawing, sewiong, stitch, fabric, pins holders, charcoal - 72 x 101 cm 113,5 x 84,5 x 3 cm